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The greatest story ever sold

The greatest story ever sold

About 31,000 central Pennsylvanians will soon be living in a joke. Beginning at 1 p.m. Wednesday, the city of Altoona will change its name to “POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest…

Hackers put PlayStation users data at risk

Hackers put PlayStation users data at risk

Sony Corp. said Tuesday that the credit card data of PlayStation users around the world may have been stolen in a hack that forced it to shut down its PlayStation…

Ron Paul prepares another long-shot run for the White House

Ron Paul prepares another long-shot run for the White House

Twice failed Presidential candidate Ron Paul is planning another long-shot run for the White House. Paul will announce formation of an exploratory committee during a stop in Des Moines, Iowa,…

More questions in Southwest jet probe

More questions in Southwest jet probe

Detailed inspections of a Southwest Airlines Co jet that experienced a mid-flight fuselage rupture revealed possible manufacturing flaws and further evidence of fatigue cracks. A National Transportation Safety Board preliminary…

States face massive pension fund gap

States face massive pension fund gap

U.S. states are short $1.26 trillion in paying for public employee pensions and other retirement benefits, a gap that grew 26 percent in one year and will take many more…

St. Louis airport reopens after tornado

St. Louis airport reopens after tornado

Flights began landing at St. Louis’ tornado-battered airport on Saturday night, a spokesman said, after an all-out effort to repair the damage from a storm that also wrecked houses, tossed…

Default could destroy U.S. economy

Default could destroy U.S. economy

The United States has never defaulted on its debt and Democrats and Republicans say they don’t want it to happen now. But with partisan acrimony running at fever pitch, and…

Birthers: The lunatic issue that just won’t go away

Birthers: The lunatic issue that just won’t go away

In a political environment where nutcase theories take root and won’t go away, the “birther” movement has become an albatross for the Republican Party. Based on the debunked belief that…

The teapot boils over: Americans pissed about Medicare cuts

The teapot boils over: Americans pissed about Medicare cuts

In a poll that tea party extremists should read, a clear majority of Americans clearly oppose the drastic deficit reductions proposal of Wisconsin Republican Paul Ryan and his fellow right-wingers…

No spring break at the gas pumps

No spring break at the gas pumps

With gas prices above $4 in some states, Americans are canceling spring break plans and rethinking summer vacation, and some tourist destinations are offering gas vouchers of as much as…